The new dean of dance at the venerable California Institute of the Arts is an artist from France with a choreographic history across the globe. Dmitri Chamblas will share his latest creation, “takemehome,” with us, his new neighbors, at the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8 and 9, at 8:30 pm.
Working with nine dancers and Kim Gordon, a founding member of the post-punk experimental rock band Sonic Youth, the performers are energized by five electric guitars and five amplifiers. Press materials note that there will be loud sounds. The evening-length piece is described as happening under a “luminous zeppelin where shadows and silhouettes emerge and disappear.” The characters reference unthought-about populations and are contrasted by movers who act with precision. This yields what is labeled as a collective isolation, where intuition and telepathy are the tools for communication.
Both music and movement directors have iconic histories in their respective art forms. Gordon is interdisciplinary — a visual artist, writer, actor and musician. Chamblas has made dances for the Paris Opera Ballet, as well as a 50-performer production and geographically specific large-scale events. His bio highlights his interest in “bringing dance into unconventional stages and exploring collaborations between dance and other artistic fields through experimental pedagogy and social engagement.”
—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA
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Photo credit: Dimitri Chamblas with Kim Gordon: takemehome / Photo by Josh Rose